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Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance

Donald Worster
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Language
English
ISBN
9780199844951, 019984495X, 9780199844968, 0199844968
Summary
"The discovery of the Americas around 1500 AD was an extraordinary watershed in human experience. It gave rise to the modern period of human ecology, a phenomenon global in scope that set in motion profound changes in almost every society on earth. This new period, which saw the depletion of the lands of the New World, proved tragic for some, triumphant for others, and powerfully affecting for all."--Provided by publisher.
Contents
  • Prologue: Gatsby's green light
  • Second earth. The discovery of natural abundance
  • Many revolutions follow
  • Ultimately, stability
  • Nantucket Island
  • After the frontier. The watershed
  • Land of coal and steel
  • The resourceful state
  • Imperial valley
  • Planet of limits. Plunder and plenty
  • The wolf at the door
  • Earth's boundaries
  • Athabasca River
  • Epilogue: life on a pale blue dot.
Description
xii, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-252) and index.
Technical Details
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